Spine Injuries, Treatment And Complications

Spine injuries may be the most common injuries from car accidents. Of course, spine injuries vary greatly in degree. Musculoskeletal injuries are the first to occur. Due to the sheering forces of a car crash, the segments of the spine, especially the neck, can sustain injury as they move in relation to each other. When this movement of the segments of the spine is greater than typical range of motion for the joints of the spine, musculoskeletal injuries can be sustained such as muscle tears, partial ligament and tendon ruptures, and other similar tissue injuries that lead to pain and inflammation. Sometimes the body's reaction to these injuries can be worse than the actual injuries. For example, we see people with uncomplicated muscular injuries and resultant muscle spasms at the junction of the neck and the skull. On occasion, this cervical pain in conjunction with neck muscle spasm can lead to debilitating headache requiring injection therapy. With rest, adjustments, therapy, and rehabilitation training, we expect musculoskeletal injuries to heal within several months. For some people this may take longer and for a few they may never return to their pre-accident condition.

Most of our clients have spine injuries that are far more significant than musculoskeletal 'whiplash' injuries. We represent many spine injury clients with objective MRI findings such as ruptured disks, foraminal stenosis, central canal stenosis, Schmorl's nodes, vertebral bony edema, and fractures. We have decades of combine legal experience dealing with spine surgery cases such as cervical fusions, lumbar fusions, foraminotomies, diskectomies, radio frequency abrasions (rhizotomy), artificial disk replacements, and spinal reconstruction surgeries with hardware. We work hard to understand each client's spine injury, the contributing conditions, the objective findings, and the array of symptomology. We also keep up with related healthcare trends concerning the treatment of spine injuries including conservative treatments, less invasive procedures and pain management therapies.

Results

  • Low delta-v MVA rear end collision resulting in lumbar fusion pretrial settlement of $600,000.00
  • Auto vs. pedestrian in parking lot resulting in lumbar spine discectomy - $827,000.00
  • Auto vs pedestrian in parking lot resulting in ankle pain and permanent scarring - $100,000 policy limits settlement